fixing an oil leak

Old 11-17-08, 10:08 AM
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fixing an oil leak

I have a 1995 Altima with an oil leak.
It is not easy to see or get to, so I want to stop or slow down this drip with an external fix. I would like to know if anyone has an idea as to what to use; gasket sealer on the outide of the suspected area? Or maybe that metal-type clay stuff at the parts store?
I believe the drip is from between a part and the block so it would be an iron to aluminum bond. As Altimas use no true gaskets but a gasket maker stuff between their parts-- I am sure that has gotten old and it is in a tough place to get to. I was told 4-5 hrs. labor just to get to it by my mechanic.

Any suggestions?

Old 11-17-08, 11:16 AM
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How sure are you about the leak location?

To track down an oil leak, I put clean cardboard underneath a car and checked it again in the morning. I was able to identify that I had two distinct leaks. I replaced the oil pan plug, which took care of the one.
Old 11-17-08, 11:16 AM
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You may have a loose fastener(s) that would be the easy solution. Fixing oil leaks without repairing the gasket that is leaking is a waste of time. It won't hold -- probably not even for a day.
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Try to see where the leak is actually coming from. If you are unable to tell where it is coming from, call the mechanic and ask him what part the oil is leaking from (he supposedly knows since he gave a time estimate to fix the leak). Post the info here and I would bet we can get you under that altima fixing the leak painlessly and saving some $$$
Old 11-17-08, 04:22 PM
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Second the recommendation to forget about an external band-aid. No way you are going to get the area clean and oil-free enough for anything to adhere, and if it's a pressure-oil location it'll push it right out anyway.

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